The spread of a maritime strike in Norway threatens to halt exports of Oseberg crude from the Sture terminal after Saturday, an official of Oseberg operator Norsk Hydro AS said Tuesday.
The official said the strike, which so far had not affected the Sture facility, would do so if tugboat mechanics carried out a threat to walk off the job on Saturday.Light, low-sulfur Oseberg crude output averages around 450,000 barrels a day.
While production can continue to move into storage, tankers cannot enter or leave the Sture port if tugs are not operational, the official said.
Ferry crews have been on strike for several days in various parts of Norway, causing some problems in supplying refineries such as Mongstad. Captains and officers joined the strike Monday, causing the abandonment of ongoing compulsory mediation.
The government can stop strike action by referring it to the compulsory arbitration commission. This is only possible when vital public interests are at stake.